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Virgin names its new trains Azuma
Virgin has announced the name of its new train fleet for the East Coast line – Azuma.
And here is a pretty picture of one:
Currently being assembled by Hitachi in County Durham, they are due to come into service from 2018. The trains will have the same 1-2 seating layout in First Class, pictured below, as the existing fleet. The top speed will remain at 120 mph until line upgrades are completed, albeit that improved acceleration is expected to reduce London to Edinburgh journey times by 20 minutes.
A variant of these trains will debut first, in 2017, on the Great Western line.
0% fee and 0% interest for 18 months on Post Office Money Platinum MasterCard
There are a handful of credit cards which are both FREE and have no foreign exchange fees on purchases abroad – Nationwide, Halifax Clarity etc – plus the Post Office Money Platinum MasterCard.
Whilst the Halifax Clarity card is marginally better than the Post Office one – because Clarity also has no FX fees on overseas cash withdrawals – there is a new reason to take a look at the Post Office card at the moment.
For a limited period, it is offering:
0% interest for 18 months on balance transfers, and
0% fee on your balance transfer
This means that you can move an existing balance from any other credit card, fee free, to the Post Office card and pay no interest until Autumn 2017. You should definitely clear your balance at that point, however, as the representative APR is 17.8% variable. This is NOT a card where you want to be paying interest.
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